To coincide with the 20 year anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Queensland, Museum of Brisbane presented this respectful and dignified exploration of the lives of LGBT people in Brisbane over the past 150 years.
Prejudice & Pride went behind the rainbow flag, offering reflections and recollections from Brisbane’s LGBT community. With an emphasis on recognition, the exhibition paid tribute to the lives within our community that have for too long been hidden.
By breaking down the myths and stereotypes associated with these communities, Prejudice & Pride revealed the real effect discrimination has on people’s lives and highlighted the continued need for acceptance and understanding of LGBT people. The exhibition also celebrated unique LGBT culture – the importance of ‘reclaimed’ words and common language, identity and iconic symbols like the pink triangle and rainbow flag.
Visitors to Prejudice & Pride were able to experience Brisbane’s LGBT history, including personal stories of intolerance and struggle, and provided an opportunity to celebrate the important milestones and achievements of these diverse communities.
Museum of Brisbane was awarded the top honour at the 2010 Gallery & Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA) Prejudice & Pride: Recognising the contribution of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities to Brisbane.
This prestigious industry award is highly regarded by the museum and gallery sector. GAMMA acknowledged Museum of Brisbane as being at the forefront of international museum practice. The award paid tribute to Museum of Brisbane’s courage and innovation for their sensitive exploration of the LGBT community – considered to be an Australian first for a major museum.